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NASA - Greenland Ice Melting at Increasing Rate

NASA released two reports today on climate change.
A research team has been in Greenland measuring
the ice sheet and glaciers for three weeks with new
laser and radar equipment. They say that "Greenland
has experienced a significant loss of ice." " ...the ice
sheet and glaciers have been melting at an increasing
rate over the past several years."
"Some of the island's major glaciers have sped up since
the turn of the century, with documented thinning from
65 to nearly 100 feet per year."

In the other report, The chief climatologist at NASA Dr.
James Hansen again states that the earth is close to
'tipping points' that will make it impossible to slow the
warming. Only here he reveals that it will not take much
more warming to hit those points.

“If global emissions of carbon dioxide continue to rise at
the rate of the past decade, this research shows that there
will be disastrous effects, including increasingly rapid sea
level rise, increased frequency of droughts and floods, and
increased stress on wildlife and plants due to rapidly shifting
climate zones.”

On a bazzarly ironic note, head NASA Administrator (non-
scientist, political appointee) Michael Griffin said on NPR
"To assume that (global warming) is a problem is to assume
that the state of the Earth's climate today is the optimal climate,
the best climate that we could have or ever have had and that we
need to take steps to make sure it doesn't change..." He also said
aid he doubts that global warming is an issue mankind should
address. Do these statements sound like what the top guy at NASA
should be saying ....especially the day that research is released on
Greenland's ice melting at an accelerating pace?

Sing along with the briliant Michael Griffin -
By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea.
Oh how hap, oh how hap, oh how happy we'll be.

Here are the reports:
NASA Mission Checks Health of Greenland's Ice Sheet and Glaciers

Research Finds That Earth's Climate is Approaching 'Dangerous' Point

NASA chief doubts global warming is front-burner issue

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